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SYTYCD 2013 Memphis Auditions Thoughts

Memphis, Tennessee is the final stop on the hometown auditions. Wayne Brady joins Mary and Nigel on the judging panel. I love Wayne and his attempt to channel Lil’ C was a favorite moment for me.

Day One starts off with a member of the Dragon House BluPrint. I’m starting to appreciate the animation style of dance a little more. BluPrint has a different style from Cyrus and I enjoyed him.

Tucker Knox is an amazing dancer with a moving story. It always makes me happy to see someone come back from that type of accident, it really is inspiring even though it sounds kind of cheesy.

Courtney and her dad, loved everything about this audition right down to their lucky pigs. Courtney’s audition is at least for me one of my favorites of the night. I could watch her dance all day. I personally hope to see her in the top 20.

Tonight introduced us to a new cultural dance, the Mongolian Bowl Dance. I love experiencing new dances that I haven’t seen. Very beautiful from the movements to the costume. Love that Mary mentions Phillip Chbeeb, granted for me I thought of that Russian Folk dance. The judges had me fooled for a second because I didn’t think they would have sent her though to Vegas.

Who stood out for you on day one.

Day Two

Didn’t really see the ballroom blitz they refered to but Jenna was great and I can see her on the show.

Novien I liked but I think I needed to see more of his dancing to really have a good opinion of him, but he is a good strong dancer. Maybe the hat is what bothered me.

Now for my other favorite of  the night Caleb. Very entertaining and he reminded me of Will Thomas from last season. Overall a great dancer with a great personality and surprisingly good at hip hop. What can I say I love my nerds…lol.

Jasmine Harper who just happens to be Cryus’s ex-girlfriend. She is a beautiful dancer and I agree with what Wayne said she danced they way Destiny’s Child sang the song. I can see her on the show.

Of course a trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Elvis and his daughter. Granted Paige was a good dancer but she does need refine her skills a little more to make it to Vegas.

Next week it’s time for the long and grueling week in Vegas.

UPDATE: Here’s Rachel’s thoughts on tonight’s episode:
Wayne Brady! I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to the panel. I remember him from Who’s Line is It Anyway (which is returning to TV in July) and know he can be very funny. I don’t know if he can dance though. He can at least fake a jig and a hoedown though.

Curtis the tapper

Oh I like him. He was so good! His speed and talent were so awesome. He reminds me of Cary Grant a little just in the old fashioned way he presented himself. It was very old school and I really liked it.


I was mesmerized by this dance. She is so graceful and elegant. I’ve never seen this dance before. I might go on a youtubing spree after this. She is so adorable too! I’m wondering how well she’ll adapt to a modern style. I’m going to be watching her in Vegas.


Cutie Patootie. I love his story and the fact that he’s a total dork who knows hip hop. He’s got an old school grace to him that’s very musical theater. I’d love to see him do a Tyce number. He’s adorable and I love him and his character dancing. His dad’s cute too. I love it when parents dance and are super supportive.

I’m super excited for Vegas week. I’m rooting for the girl from Temecula with the jazz singer parents (my hometown hero). I don’t think a lot of our hip hoppers are going to last through the week. I’m hoping The Exorcist makes it further than he did last time.

June 4, 2013 I Written By

Dance is one of my biggest passions. I grew up dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio (the same studio that Kathryn McCormick). I have a BFA in theatre/dance from Valdosta State University. Tap is my favorite style of dance.

So You Think You Can Dance 2013 Memphis Audition Music

Finally a quick list of audition music from the Memphis Auditions!

Mind you this is not complete… so any help is greatly appreciated.

– C2C – Down the Road
– Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation

Dorian Hunter
Audition: District 78 – On the Edge

Curtis Holland
Introduction: Flight of the Bumblebee Flight Of The Bumble Bee - 100 Must Have Classical Songs A-Z
Audition: Al Hirt – Green Hornet Green Hornet - Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack)

Tucker Knox
Introduction: OneRepublic – I Lived
Audition: Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me Let It Be Me - Gossip In the Grain (Bonus Track Version)

Contemporary Dancers Go Through: Locksley – Don’t Make Me Wait Don't Make Me Wait - Locksley

Courtney Thurston
Audition: Celine Dion – Power of Love The Power of Love - My Love (Ultimate Essential Collection)
Dad Dances: Chris Brown – Yeah 3X Yeah 3X - Yeah 3X - Single

Bad Dancers: American Authors – Believer Believer - Believer - Single

ShanShan Qiao-Roethlisberger
Audition: Equinox 9 – Mist of the Mountain

Nico Greetham
Audition: Ólafur Arnalds – Brotsjór Brotsjór - Dyad 1909

Elise Freilinger
Audition: Ben Howard – Old Pine Old Pine - Every Kingdom

Jenna Johnson
Introduction: Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
Audition: Lloyd feat Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne – Dedication to My Ex (Miss That) Dedication to My Ex (Miss That) [feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne] - King of Hearts (Deluxe Version)

Novien Yaber
– Audition:

Isabel Freiberger
Audition: Eddie Palmieri – La Malanga La Malanga - The Best of Eddie Palmieri

Caleb Brauner
Introduction: Devo – That’s Good That's Good - Oh No! It's Devo
Audition: Percy Faith and His Orchestra – Theme from “A Summer Place” Theme from

Montage of Chivalrous Men: The Avett Brothers – Hard Worker Hard Worker - Mignonette

Men Contemporary Goes to Vegas:
– Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Put a Spell On You
– Sean McConnell – Madly in Love With You Madly In Love With You - 200 Orange St
– James Brown – This is a Man’s World This Is a Man's World - Soul Box

Larry Booze
Audition: T-Pain – Dance Floor Dance Floor (feat. Tay Dizm) - Rappa Ternt Sanga

Jasmine Harper
Introduction: Blue Foundation – Eyes On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix) Eyes On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix) - Eyes On Fire - Single
Audition: Destiny’s Child – Amazing Grace Outro (Amazing Grace... Dedicated to Andretta Tillman) - The Writing's On the Wall

Out of Town Talent Montage: Elvis Presley – Burning Love Burning Love - The Essential Elvis Presley (Remastered)

Paige Pellicano
Introduction: Elvis Presley – Memphis Tennessee Memphis Tennessee - Elvis Presley: Artist of the Century
– Dad Singing:
– Audition:

Choreography Round Music: Atwater Men’s Club – My Life’s a Dream My Life's a Dream - My Life's a Dream - Single

I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)